• Ghada (right) personally folds cardboard boxes in her workshop to fulfill an order. © 2023 UNRWA Photos
    Ghada Qasem (47) is as busy as a bee working with her team to meet an order received for assembling cardboard boxes for sweets and making paper gift bags at her “Innovation Workshop” in Qazzaz, Damascus. She is one of over 155,000 clients who have benefitted from UNRWA microfinance loans to boost their businesses and break the cycle of dependency that has negatively affected Palestine refugees and Syrians who find themselves mired in protracted conflict, increased poverty, and worsening socio-economic conditions, all of which have been compounded by the recent devastating earthquakes.
  • UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini and Ambassador (Head of Mission) Ketil Karlsen from the Representative Office of Denmark in Ramallah sign a new Multi-Year Agreement (MYA) for the 2023-2027 period. © 2023 UNRWA Photo by Mohammed Sharif
    UNRWA and Denmark signed a new Multi-Year Agreement (MYA) for the 2023-2027 period, with a contribution of DKK 105 million (US$ 15.2 million) each year, for a total of DKK 525 million (US$ 75.2 million). The agreement builds upon the strong and multifaceted cooperation between UNRWA and Denmark and follows the previous 2017-2021 MYA, extended through 2022. This new MYA reaffirms Denmark’s financial assistance to UNRWA and the country’s ongoing support for Palestine Refugees.
  • Palestine Refugee mothers and children gather at the Japanese Health Centre in Khan Younis, Gaza to commemorate the launch of the UNRWA Mother and Child Manual. © 2023 UNRWA Photo by Mohammed Hinnawi
    UNRWA celebrated the 15-year anniversary of the UNRWA Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Handbook at the UNRWA Khan Younis Health Centre today.
  • Tamara Alrifai, UNRWA Director of External Relations and Communications (right), and Mr. Nawaf Hammadi, Qatar Charity CEO Assistant to International Programs and Chief Global Programs Officer sign a US$ 1.17 million contribution agreement to UNRWA. © 2023 UNRWA Photo
    Qatar Charity and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) signed an agreement today whereby Qatar Charity will contribute US$ 1.17 million over two years in support of the Agency’s efforts to provide access to health care to Palestine Refugees in the Gaza Strip.
  • Giuseppe Fedele, Consul General of Italy in Jerusalem, and Thomas White, Director of UNRWA Affairs in Gaza, sign EUR 1 million contribution for UNRWA services in Gaza. © 2023 UNRWA Photo
    Today, Giuseppe Fedele, Consul General of Italy in Jerusalem, held a meeting with Thomas White, Director of UNRWA Affairs in Gaza, to reaffirm Italy's strong commitment to UNRWA and Palestine Refugees. The meeting followed the recent approval of an EUR 1 million project aimed at preventing and supporting survivors of gender-based violence in the Gaza Strip.